The East End Bridge's original cost included a controversial tunnel on the Kentucky side of the river to protect a wooded area that was projected to add $260 million to the $2.6 billion project. The approach on the Kentucky side of the bridge alone was projected to cost $753 million, including the cost of the tunnel, leading Hoosiers to shoulder additional construction costs that should have been picked up by the state of Kentucky. Renn picks up on a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal that the tunnel's cost actually skyrocketed by $78 million to $338 million, even as the Daniels administration had made claims that it saved taxpayers $209 million through design changes. Renn's take on this latest development:
At this point I’d have to say it looks like either 1) INDOT created a ludicrously inflated estimate for the tunnel right before construction that was used for the purpose of generating bogus claims of savings, or 2) They were suppressing knowledge that the tunnel was vastly more expensive than they were telling the public. Take your pick.